JACKSONVILLE - Joyce Grimmer Matthews, 76, peacefully ascended into Heaven to be with Jesus on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
Though her fight with pulmonary fibrosis ended, her life of faith and commitment to God never failed. Our mother was always devoted to her family and caring for her four daughters, and she did an amazing job. Her strength and determination have always been her best asset. We are thankful to have spent precious time with her during her most difficult days, but she can now eternally “breathe easy”.
Our mother was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; one child, Sandra Matthews; and one grandchild, Kaila Smith.
She leaves behind three children, Rhonda Smith and her husband, Kenneth of Jacksonville, NC, Kim Akers and her husband, Tim of Manteo, NC and Sarah Tun and her husband, Nelson of Wilmington, NC ; her grandchildren, Landon Smith, Emiley Blackard, Jessica Akers, Joseph Akers, and Jacob and Jordan Tun. She also leaves behind great-grandchildren and one sister, Bertie Brown and her husband, Hershall of Jacksonville, NC.
The family will receive friends Saturday morning, prior to the service, from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the funeral home.
"It is well with my soul”